Voted by the member of the media, CPBL have announced the 2017 MVP, Rookie of the Year and Most improved player award last night annual award ceremony last night. (Here’s our coverage on 2017 Gold Glove and Best-Ten award winners)
2017 CPBL MVP – Wang Po-Jung
Without any surprise, the 2017 MVP goes to Lamigo Monkeys hard hitting youngster 王柏融 (Wang Po-Jung), who posted a record of .407/.491/.700 with 101 RBI, 31 home runs and 195 OPS+.
“I won’t cry this time. I want to thank my parents, because of their support, I’m able to chase my dream being a baseball player. Winning the CPBL MVP meant a lot this year, because we (Lamigo Monkeys) have won the Taiwan Series, I am able to share this joy with all my teammates and coaches” Said Wang Po-Jung.
Along with taking home his 2nd CPBL MVP award in his career. Wang also breaks the CPBL record for winning 7 awards at the annual award ceremony. Wang will receive roughly $18,000 USD in prize money for his performance in 2017 season.
- 2017 CPBL MVP
- Gold Glove (OF)
- Best-Ten (OF)
- Batting Champion (.407)
- Home Run Champion (31)
- RBI Leader (101)
- Most Hits (178)
2017 Rookie of the Year – Chan Tzu-Hsien
With the outstanding performance of .350/.403/.610 and 17 home runs. Chinatrust Brothers 詹子賢 (Chan Tzu-Hsien) takes home the 2017 Rookie of the Year award.
“I want to thank the team for giving me opportunity to play and the guidance from our coaching team. Now being on the stage, I finally understand why Wang Po-Jung cried last year after winning the 2016 CPBL MVP and Rookie of the Year award.” – Chan Tzu-Hsien
2017 Most Improved Player – Chang Keng-Hao
After being on the disabled list for the entire 2015 season, followed by a disappointing 2016 season. Fubon Guardians reliever 張耿豪 (Chang Keng-Hao) have bounced back and won the 2017 Most Improved Player award.
In 2017, Chang led the league with 66 appearances (Personal record) and was able to lower his ERA from 6.64 to 2.80 (Lowest in his 8 years CPBL career) .
“I want to thank my family and teammates for supporting me during the rehabilitation process. And also the coaching team for not giving up on me while I was down, they continue to support and motivate me.” – Chang Ken-Hao